Active transport expert to speak
Monday, March 12, 2012
University of Minnesota scholar Greg Lindsey will discuss the relationships between the built environment and active transportation 3 p.m. March 19 at Glacier South in Atwood Memorial Center.
Active transportation refers to non-motorized transportation such as walking and bicycling.
Lindsey is an executive associate dean at the University of Minnesota's Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs in Minneapolis. His areas of expertise include environmental planning, policy and management; infrastructure planning and management, including non-motorized and active transportation, water resources and recreation. He has partnered with the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the Minneapolis Department of Public Works, Transit for Livable Communities and the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board.
Presently, most areas are not designed to allow people to walk or cycle and instead are designed for vehicular traffic. There is a growing movement to plan and construct areas to be friendlier to walkers and cyclists. As obesity rates rise among adults and children, this movement in support of active transportation has grown and a number of cities such as Chicago and Portland, Ore. are redesigning spaces to incorporate active transportation.
The free public event is hosted by the School of Public Affairs. For more information, call 320-308-4790.